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The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity / Edition 1
     

The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity / Edition 1

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by Russell Roberts
 

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ISBN-10: 0691135096

ISBN-13: 9780691135090

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Stanford University student and Cuban American tennis prodigy Ramon Fernandez is outraged when a nearby mega-store hikes its prices the night of an earth-quake. He crosses paths with provost and economics professor Ruth Lieber when he plans a campus protest against the price-gouging retailer-which is also a major donor to the university. Ruth begins a dialogue with

Overview

Stanford University student and Cuban American tennis prodigy Ramon Fernandez is outraged when a nearby mega-store hikes its prices the night of an earth-quake. He crosses paths with provost and economics professor Ruth Lieber when he plans a campus protest against the price-gouging retailer-which is also a major donor to the university. Ruth begins a dialogue with Ramon about prices, prosperity, and innovation and their role in our daily lives. Is Ruth trying to limit the damage from Ramon's protest? Or does she have something altogether different in mind?

As Ramon is thrust into the national spotlight by events beyond the Standford campus, he learns there's more to price hikes than meets the eye, and he is forced to reconsider everything he thought he knew. What is the source of America's high standard of living? What drives entrepreneurs and innovation? What upholds the hidden order that allows us to choose our careers and pursue our passions with so little conflict? How does economic order emerge without anyone being in charge? Ruth gives Ramon and the reader a new appreciation for how our economy works and the wondrous role that the price of everything plays in everyday life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691135090
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

1 Thinking Outside the Box 1

2 Out of Control 7

3 Birds of a Feather 17

4 Inconceivable 29

5 Leaning on the Gardener 52

6 Mea Culpa 64

7 The Goose That Lays the Golden Eggs 77

8 A Night in the Cemetery 104

9 The Price of Everything 115

10 No Host No Problem 129

11 The Weaver of Dreams 150

12 A Wild and Precious Life 166

13 How's It Going to End? 174

Sources and Further Reading 191

Acknowledgments 201

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